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7:23 am
Thu July 25, 2013

The consequences of school districts paying for their own pension costs

Chicago Public Schools continue to face severe budget problems. They are laying off staff and cutting programs. And part of the reason for those reductions has to do with the district’s pension obligations.Illinois Public Radio's Tony Arnold reports why Chicago Public Schools’ struggling pension system could actually turn into the model for every other school in Illinois.

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State News
7:07 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Former state lawmaker pleads guilty to mail fraud

Connie Howard leaves federal court house in Springfield
Credit Amanda Vinicky / WUIS/Illinois Public Radio

Prosecutors will recommend six months of prison time for a former state legislator who Wednesday pleaded guilty to mail fraud.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

From 1995 through last summer, Connie Howard traveled from Chicago to Springfield to serve as a member of the Illinois House. This time, she returned to make an appearance in federal court. 
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Peoria Public Radio News
6:56 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Galesburg officials talk economic struggles, successes during Obama visit

Galesburg city leaders say the community was a fitting stop for President Obama to kick-off his new economic focus. The city was the first location in a series of speeches for the President to sell his vision for a thriving economy. Gary Camarano is Galesburg’s Global Strategies Director. He says the city economy was rough in 2004 when Maytag closed and thousands of workers lost their jobs:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:30 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Caterpillar second-quarter implications

Caterpillar’s second quarter earnings likely signal a need for patience when it comes to any pronouncements about a new world headquarters. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

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Politics
4:42 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Obama sounds familiar themes at Knox College speech

Speaking to a boisterous crown at Knox College today, President Obama outlined what he wants to do to rebuild the middleclass.  IPR’s Scott Stuntz reports:

 


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Peoria Public Radio News
1:37 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Five Points Washington to expand

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Five Points Washington will undergo an expansion beginning this fall. The Washington Area Community Center Board voted to start construction on the fitness portion of the facility. 

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Theatre Reviews
12:55 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Review - "The Music Man"

Arc Light Productions is currently presenting the musical “The Music Man.” Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.


Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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State News
12:46 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

FEMA again extends deadline for flood victims to register for assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline that individuals affected by extreme flooding can apply for assistance. Today was supposed to be the final day. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Businesses and people affected by this spring's storms and flooding now have until August 8 to register. FEMA says it extended the deadline another 15 days because it wants to make sure sure all people affected are able to apply for disaster assistance. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:31 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Exports from Peoria area increase

The amount of merchandise exported from the Peoria metropolitan area increased in 2012. The latest data from the U.S. International Trade Administration ranked the area the 18th largest export market in the country with shipments totaling nearly 18-billion dollars. That’s a 17-percent increase from 2011.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

President Obama in Galesburg

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President Barack Obama is speaking in Galesburg today to talk about economic recovery. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the president is making his remarks at Knox College.

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